Class 313 Days out 11.10 and 14.10.22

November 30, 2022  •  Leave a Comment

313215 at Lewes313215 at LewesSouthern liveried 313215 pauses at Lewes with 2C32 12.41 Brighton - Seaford service as 700150 approaches with an ECS working to Brighton 11.10.22 The Class 313s are rumoured for withdrawal during 2023 so I decided that I had to make sure I sampled them and photoed as many as possible! As part of a week long trip to the South Coast, I enjoyed a couple of days travelling on some 313s

The Class 313 is part of the PEP family of units and were built in 1976 / 77 as  dual voltage stock.   The remaining examples in passenger service are now 3rd rail only and have had their pantograph removed.   19 sets (313201 - 313217, 313219-313220) of the once 64 strong fleet remain, with 17 of them being in passenger service with 313214 and 313217 having already been withdrawn from service.  

313221 remains in sporadic use as a dual voltage test train for Network Rail. The class 313s are now one of the oldest main line passenger trains left on the network with only the 1972 Bakerloo line stock and 1973 Piccadilly line stock on the London Underground older.      

The Class 313s currently operate on the following services:

  • Brighton - Portsmouth & Southsea / Portsmouth Harbour
  • Littlehampton - Portsmouth & Southsea / Portsmouth Harbour 
  • Bognor Regis - Barnham Shuttle
  • Bognor Regis - Littlehampton
  • Brighton - Hove Shuttle
  • Brighton - Seaford
  • Football specials in the Brighton area

Trip report

313201 at Bognor Regis313201 at Bognor RegisBR Blue/Grey liveried 313201 departs Bognor Regis with 2P75 11.36 service to Barnham 14.10.22 11th October

Arriving from Eastleigh by 377 on the 11th October, I photoed 313208, which was working on the Hove Shuttle.  I then went over to the far end of the station to catch 313204 out to Lewes.  

It was very clear from seeing 313204 that the class 313s are in their final months of service, with the exterior condition of the train being poor, with missing, worn out and peeling external vynals and the interior looking very tired and not the cleanest, however, despite this 313204 performed well on the 15 minute journey out to Lewes.  

Lewes was a lovely, well kept station, with a nice view at the east end looking towards the old signal box, which gave a nice shot in full sunshine.    I spent 90 minutes here and in that time managed to catch the other pair of 313s on the Seaford circuit, 313207 and 313215.   As well as the 313s, there was 377s, 387s, 700s, a stone working from Newhaven featuring 59001 and the RHTT top and tailed with 73107 and 73201.

I then headed back into Brighton onboard 313215.   After a walk down to Churchill Square for some bus photography, I headed back to the station, where I had time for some more photography while I waited on my train.   As well as 313208 shuttling between Brighton and Hove, 313216 had also arrived and was switched off in Platform 2, whilst in the sidings at Lover's Walk, 313203+313205 were coupled up and awaiting use later that night on a football shuttle service. Shortly before 4pm, 313209 arrived from Portsmouth and would form the 4pm train back to Portsmouth and Southsea, which I caught. As I waited for my train back to the hotel in Eastleigh, 313211 arrived from Littlehampton, then soon departed, heading back there.

313213 at Barnham313213 at BarnhamSouthern Coastway liveried 313213 arrives at Barnham with 2P73 10.36 Bognor Regis - Barnham service 14.10.22 13th October

After a day out at the Isle of Wight, I returned to Portsmouth and Southsea for the train back to Eastleigh to return to the hotel. As I had time to kill, I caught 313213, which was working on the 19.57 service to Littlehampton to Fratton, where I got off and caught my own train back to Eastleigh.

14th October

I caught a 377 from Eastleigh to Barnham, where I got off and waited for the shuttle to Bognor Regis.   313213 duly arrived from Bognor to operate the return journey, however before getting on the shuttle, I managed to catch a photo of 313212 arriving from Brighton, heading to Portsmouth and Southsea and 313201 'Big Blue'  heading to Littlehampton.  I then caught the shuttle to Bognor, where I had a wander about then caught 313201 to Littlehampton.  

Of all the 313s that I travelled on, 313201, complete with modified BR Blue/Grey retro livery was in by far the best interior and exterior condition of all the 313s that I travelled on, the rest being pretty much run down and tired looking, which is quite understandable given that they will all be withdrawn pretty soon.    

At Littlehampton, I caught a pair of 377s to Hove and changed over to 313202 on the Hove Shuttle into Brighton.   The sidings at Brighton were reasonably busy with no fewer than 3 x class 313s stabled there, 313211, 313207 and 313220.   Unfortunately, I was on a very tight schedule so I didn't have time to catch any of the Seaford workings so I caught the next working back out of Brighton, which was the 2pm service to Portsmouth Harbour with 313215 as the unit of choice and was my final PEP for this trip.

Over the course of this trip and my previous trip down that way in July, I managed to catch / photo 16 of the 20 remaining class in the twilight of their working lives, whether or not they are still in service on my next trip down that way is anyone's guess.

Current Fleet

Number Livery Formation Status Photo
313201 BR Blue / Grey 62529+71213+62593 In Service 313201 at Brighton313201 at BrightonBR Blue / Grey liveried 313201 'Big Blue' is seen arriving at Brighton with 1S25 14.33 service from Portsmouth and Southsea 25.7.22
313202 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62530+71214+62594 In Service 313202 at Brighton313202 at BrightonA rather shabby looking Southern Coastway liveried 313202 is seen awaiting it's next duty at Platform 8, Brighton 25.7.22
313203 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62531+71215+62595 In Service  
313204 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62532+71216+62596 In Service 313204 at Lewes313204 at LewesSouthern Coastway liveried 313204 pauses at Lewes with 2C32 13.11 Brighton - Seaford service 11.10.22
313205 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62533+71217+62597 In Service  
313206 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62534+71218+62598 In Service  
313207 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62535+71219+62599 In Service 313207 at Lewes313207 at LewesSouthern Coastway liveried 313207 apptoaches Lewes with 2C33 12.58 Newhaven Harbour - Brighton service 11.10.22
313208 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62536+71220+62600 In Service 313208 at Brighton313208 at BrightonSouthern 'Coastway' liveried 313208 awaits departure from Brighton with 2C26 11.41 service to Seaford 25.7.22
313209 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62537+71221+62601 In Service 313209 at Portsmouth & Southsea313209 at Portsmouth & Southsea313209 departs Portsmouth & Southsea with 1S31 17.33 service to Brighton 11.10.22
313210 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62538+71222+62602 In Service  
313211 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62539+71223+62603 In Service 313211 at Portsmouth & Southsea313211 at Portsmouth & Southsea313211 prepares to depart Portsmouth & Southsea with 2S25 service to Littlehampton 11.10.22
313212 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62540+71224+62604 In Service 313212 at Barnham313212 at BarnhamSouthern Coastway liveried 313212 pauses at Barnham with 1S16 10.00 Brighton - Portsmouth Harbour 14.10.22
313213 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62541+71225+62605 In Service 313213 at Fratton313213 at FrattonSouthern Coastway liveried 313213 is seen awaiting departure from Fratton with 2S29 19.57 service from Portsmouth and Southsea to Littlehampton 13.10.22
313214 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62542+71226+62606 Withdrawn 313214 at Portsmouth and Southsea313214 at Portsmouth and SouthseaSouthern Coastway liveried 313214 arrives at Portsmouth and Southsea with 2S28 16.55 service from Littlehampton 25.7.22
313215 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62543+71227+62607 In Service 313215 at Lewes313215 at LewesSouthern liveried 313215 departs Lewes with 2C32 12.41 Brighton - Seaford service 11.10.22
313216 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62544+71228+62608 In Service 313216 at Brighton313216 at BrightonSouthern 'Coastway' liveried 313216 is seen at Brighton awaiting it's next duty 25.7.22
313217 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62545+71229+62609 Withdrawn  
313219 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62547+71231+62611 In Service 313219 at Portsmouth and Southsea313219 at Portsmouth and SouthseaSouthern Coastway liveried 313219 in what is likely to be its final year in service approaches Portsmouth and Southsea with 2S30 17.55 service from Littlehampton 26.7.22
313220 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62548+71232+62612 In Service 313220 at Brighton313220 at Brighton313220 awaits it's next duties at Brighton 14.10.22
313221 Network Rail Yellow 62549+71233+62613 In Service  

 

 

   


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